The following is an extract from my book Longevity Secrets for Healthy Aging. I have been mentioning human growth hormone (HGH) in recent articles and decided to extract a small section of my books to give additional detail.
HGH declines naturally over our lifetime. Maintaining higher levels of HGH slows down the normal aging process. HGH stimulates growth and cell reproduction in our early lives. HGH is made in the pituitary gland and regulated by the hypothalamus. Growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) and growth hormone-inhibiting hormone (GHIH) are released from the pituitary. HGH is determined by the balance of the GHRH and GHIH. Low levels of HGH initiate many of the aging processes.
HGH is released throughout the day; however, the majority of HGH is secreted about an hour after the onset of deep sleep. HGH is affected by:
● Hormone balance
As HGH levels fall with age, we may experience:
● Bone density problems
● Immune system suppression
● Cardiovascular disease
● Memory loss
When we were infants, our HGH levels were very high. It was needed for our growth. HGH levels fall as we age. The rate of decline is illustrated below:
● HGH approaches levels of 2000 mg/day up until age five
● HGH falls to around 750 mg/day in our mid-teens
● HGH falls to around 125 mg/day in our 50s
● HGH falls below 100 mg/day after we reach our 80s
Can we do anything to increase our levels of HGH as we age? The answer is definitely, YES.
Synthetic HGH Supplementation and Longevity
Advertisers tell us that we can feel and look younger by taking HGH supplements. Synthetic HGH was developed in the mid-80s. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for specific conditions. They are:
● Turner’s syndrome
● Prader-Willi syndrome
● Chronic kidney insufficiency
● HGH deficiency
● Children born small for their gestational age
● Short bowel syndrome
● HGH deficiency brought on by some types of pituitary tumors
Synthetic HGH is not approved by the FDA for any performance-enhancement to build muscle or improve athletic performance. It is also not approved by the FDA for use as an anti-aging drug. There are many contradicting articles about the safety and use of synthetic HGH. It is administered intravenously. It cannot survive the harsh environment of stomach acid. Synthetic HGH is used to treat specific medical problems, not to treat aging, or enhance athletic performance.
Live Longer & Enjoy Life! – Red O’Laughlin